Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Brunswick Winter Market is one of the best, most diverse farmer’s markets in the state. Housed in the vast Ft. Andross space (November to early April), there are some 40 venders of all stripes who sell their goods.
Vendors include fishmongers, pastry and bread bakers, winemakers, coffee roasters, glass blowers, woodworkers, knife sharpening, furniture makers, prepared foods and the full roster of vegetables, meats, dairy and cheese from farmers who offer locally raised organic provender.
Indoors at the Brunswick winter market
While I’m not giving short shrift to Portland’s farmer’s market, the city’s charter only allows the sale of farm-harvested foods, an arcane ruling whose time is up. Most of Portland’s farmers would like to see more diversity at the markets. Especially now with their new winter quarters at 200 Anderson St., in East Bayside (opening in December), it behooves the market to expand its horizons. You can’t, for example, buy a chocolate chip cookie made by a Maine baker, a wooden bowl carved by a Maine artisan or fish and shellfish from Maine waters.
After hitting Portland’s market early on a Saturday morning (there’s still a greater diversity of vegetables sold there), I make the 25 minute trip to Brunswick. Some of my favorite venders include Apple Creek Farm for his incredible pastured lamb and organic eggs; Six River Farm for their meticulously grown organic vegetables as well as Goranson Farm (the best pastured chickens), Fairwind Farms (frozen berries, potatoes and varied vegetables), Buckwheat Blossom Farm (chicken, beef, lamb and vegetables), Zu Bakery (great hearth-baked bread), Paula C (baked goods includnig incredible lemon squares), the Farmer’s Daughter (mile high popovers and other pies and breads).
Lemon squares from Paula C bakery
With photos taken on opening day, here’s a sampling of what’s available at the indoor Brunswick market.
John Golden has written about food, dining and lifestyle subjects for Downeast magazine, the Boston Globe, Cottages and Gardens magazine, Gourmet magazine, Cuisine magazine, the New York Times and the New York Post.
In his highly opinionated blog, John reports on his experiences dining out all over Maine and his visits with food personalities, farmers and farmers’ markets throughout the state.